Gem with warrior holding a head and winged victory on other side

Etruscan or Italic
Roman Republican
3rd century B.C.


Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Warrior, nude except for helmet and shield, standing to right with left leg bent over a headless male body lying next to his shield and sword. He holds the head of the fallen warrior into his left hand with his elbow resting on his raised leg. Crested helmet in the field at right. Partial groundline. Hatched border. On the reverse, winged victory striding to left with wreath in raised left hand. Small scratches at right. Orange carnelian. Oval intaglio with flat front and beveled edge, set in modern brass (?) ring.


According to Warren's records: from the Storey-Maskelyne Collection (sale at Sotheby, London, 1921); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1925: loaned by Edward Perry Warren to MFA (as 145.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

LMC 9/2016: William Ponsonby, Second Earl of Bessborough (around 1740s to soon after 1762); Dukes of Marlborough, starting with George Spencer, Fourth Duke (soon after 1762 to June 28, 1875 Christie’s sale); David Bromilow (from June 28, 1875 to June 26, 1899 Christie’s sale, lot 347), Nevil Story-Maskelyne (from June 26, 1899 to July 4, 1921 Sotheby’s sale, lot 67); E.P. Warren (from July 4, 1921 (?) to November 17, 1927)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912